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Bo Baker

Bo Baker

Unit Head, Research and Public Services
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
UTC Library, 600 Douglas Street, Dept. 6456
Chattanooga, TN  37403
Phone:  (423) 425-4505
utc.edu/library

BORN AND LIVED:  Born and raised in rural northeast Ohio;  lived, educated, and worked in: Oxford, Ohio, Austin, Texas, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

FAMILY:  Spouse (also a librarian) and two children. 

IN MY SPARE TIME:  Family time, board games, synthesizers, pop culture, paranormal phenomena.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Player’s Handbook.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  At present, it’s hard not to look beyond the impacts of COVID-19 on everything from budgets to patron needs and preferences for the near future.

Shaun Bennett

Shaun Bennett

Research Librarian for Business, Education,
and Data Literacy
NC State University Libraries
NCSU Libraries, Box 7111
Raleigh, NC  27695
Phone:  (919) 515-5232
http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/staff/sbennet

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Shaun Bennett is the Research Librarian for Business, Education, and Data Literacy at the NC State University Libraries.  He works primarily with faculty and students on research and teaching and helps run the high-tech visualization spaces at both the D. H. Hill Jr. Library and the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.  He is co-lead of the Peer Scholars Program, which seeks out graduate students and post-docs at NC State who have a skill, technique, or tool that they would like to share with the greater campus community.  Scholars are given monetary compensation as well as mentoring, and host workshops within Library spaces.  Shaun is currently studying for a MEd in Technology Education, and holds a MLIS from UNC-G, a MA in History from NC State, and a BA in Medieval Studies from Penn State.

Lars Bjørnshauge

Lars Bjørnshauge

Founder and Managing Director
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Trørødlund 14, Vedbæk, Denmark
Phone: +45 53510603
www.doaj.org

BORN AND LIVED:  Born on the island of Funen and grew up in Jutland, Denmark.

EARLY LIFE:  Sports, music (church choir and rockbands), chess.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Master of Political Science, Roskilde Univ., Denmark.  Head of Department Royal Danish School of Librarianship.  Deputy Director, Acting Director, Technical Information Center of Denmark, Technical University of Denmark.  Director of Libraries at Lund University, Sweden.  Director SPARC Europe.

Founder of the Directory of Open Access Journals [www.doaj.org].

Co-founder:  OpenDoar (Directory of Open Access Repositories) [www.opendoar.org];  Directory of Open Access Books [www.doabooks.org];  and ThinkCheckSubmit [www.thinkchecksubmit.org]. I no longer have any operational role in these services.

Past-President of the Danish Research Library Organization.  Past-Vice President of the Swedish Library Association.  Board member OASPA 2012-2019.

FAMILY:  Married to Annette, four children and five grandchildren.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  Family, summerhouse, vegetable gardening and Internet chess.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Scandinavian crime novels.

PET PEEVES:  I don’t get peeved;  it’s a waste of energy.

PHILOSOPHY:  Go for it, do it!

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  To be part of the Open Access movement from its very early days and seeing the progress we have made.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  To enjoy my retirement and celebrating what we have made together to further access to research results for the people.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  I am optimistic that the academic community, after more than two decades of discussions, will finally regain control of the intellectual output, be it papers, data or software – in other words, that Open will be the norm, and that outputs from scholarly activities will be open and re-usable for the benefit of research, higher education, innovation, societies and the people.  In that context the publishing industry will have an important role to play, but the rules will have changed!

Jennie Burroughs

Jennie Burroughs

Interim Co-Associate University Librarian for Research & Learning
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
309 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN  55455
Phone:  (612) 625-0822
https://www.lib.umn.edu/

Karen Ciccone

Karen Ciccone

Head, Data & Visualization Services
NC State University Libraries
Box 7111
Raleigh, NC  27695
https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/staff/kacollin

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Karen Ciccone is Head of Data & Visualization Services at the NC State University Libraries in Raleigh, NC.  She leads a department that provides expert consulting, workshops, and instruction in the areas of finding and working with data, data analysis, and data visualization.  She holds an MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BS in Physics from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

Hillary Davis

Hilary Davis

Head, Collections & Research Strategy
NC State University Libraries
Box 7111
Raleigh, NC  27695
Phone:  (919) 513-0654
https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/staff/hmdavis4

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Hilary Davis is Head of Collections & Research Strategy at the NC State University Libraries in Raleigh, NC.  Her primary role is to provide leadership and direction in the Libraries’ overall collection development strategies, and play a leading role in the Libraries’ initiatives to support research data management at NC State.  In 2008, she was named one of Library Journal’s “Movers and Shakers.”  She led the first week-long data science short course for NC State University librarians (October 2015).  She holds an MLS from University of Missouri-Columbia and an MS in Biology from University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Sue Erickson

Sue Erickson

Director of Hofheimer Library
Virginia Wesleyan University
5817 Wesleyan Drive
Virginia Beach, VA  23455
Phone:  (757) 455-3220
https://www.vwu.edu/library/
http://sueerickson.com/

BORN AND LIVED:  Massachusetts, Connecticut, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

EARLY LIFE:  From age 11 to 21, I was a member of a professional performing arts company.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  After working as a student assistant in my college library, I took a full-time position as a cataloging assistant and then a media assistant.  With encouragement from coworkers, I left to earn my MSLS and then worked at Vanderbilt University for twelve years in a variety of roles ranging from bibliographer and data services librarian to assessment coordinator and then directed one of the campus libraries.  Being a library director is challenging and rewarding.  I also enjoy my consulting work with other libraries and other departments in higher education.

FAMILY:  I am the youngest of four children by a lot – there are 18 years between myself and the youngest of my siblings.  I’ve been an aunt since age 2, a great aunt since 25 and a dog mom for many years.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I love being outside – gardening, hiking, kayaking.  Rainy day activities include making handmade cards and quilting.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  The Secret Life of Bees and To Kill a Mockingbird.

PET PEEVES:  Litter.

PHILOSOPHY:  Be the best you can be.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Our library just celebrated its 50th anniversary and it was a wonderful time to reflect on all the positive changes we’ve been through since I started eight years ago.  The library is better integrated into the curriculum and librarians are more engaged in the profession.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  To become a certified Leadership Coach.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  Both higher education and libraries are going through major changes, some due to opportunities in the online environment and some due to financial pressures and changing demographics.  In academic libraries, we will rely even more heavily on cooperation and I hope we will forge stronger partnerships with our vendors.

Amber Gruszeczka

Amber Gruszeczka

Research Librarian
Virginia Wesleyan University
5817 Wesleyan Drive
Virginia Beach, VA  23455
Phone:  (757) 455-3221

BORN AND LIVED:  Born and raised in Norfolk, VA, but also lived in South GA for several years.  Lived and taught in Georgia (overseas) for a semester. 

EARLY LIFE:  I grew up crabbing, camping, and canoeing on the Chesapeake Bay.

FAMILY:  Mom of two sons who were born 19 years apart.  Dog mom to a spaniel mix who hikes with me.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I love to be outdoors: gardening, rollerblading on the boardwalk at the oceanfront, and hiking on Virginia’s state trails.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Histories.

PET PEEVES:  Completely weeding the garden and two days later it’s green with grass. 

PHILOSOPHY:  I believe in saying yes to adventures.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Building and running a successful “library skills” escape room.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  To be well versed in STEM and health sciences librarianship.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  I see an increase in reliance on electronic resources and more widespread use and availability of open education resources.

Theresa Liedtka

Theresa Liedtka

Dean, UTC Library
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
UTC Library, 600 Douglas Street, Dept. 6456
Chattanooga, TN  37403
Phone:  (423) 425-4508
utc.edu/library

BORN AND LIVED:  Born and raised in New Jersey, educated, lived and worked in Massachusetts and Washington DC, lived and worked in California, and Tennessee.

FAMILY:  Youngest of seven children.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  Hike, read, movies, puzzle, porch sit.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Pride and Prejudice, Hell’s Angels.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  Survive COVID

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  I believe higher education, and by extension, academic libraries will undergo substantive change in the next 3 to 5 years brought on by the COVID situation.

Andrew See

Andrew See

Head, User Services and Experience
Northern Arizona University Cline Library
1001 S Knoles Drive
Flagstaff, AZ  86011
Phone:  (928) 856-9407
nau.edu/library

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Andrew has spent his entire career focusing on creating exceptional experiences for end-users in every aspect of systems and services an academic library can provide.  With a broad and holistic understanding of library values and operations, Andrew leverages a design thinking approach to making data driven decisions in creating user centered services.  Andrew received his B.A. at Northern Arizona University where he also began his career in librarianship.  He received his MLS from the University of Arizona and worked at the UA Libraries, where he developed his vision for leadership in academic libraries. In 2015, he returned to where his career began as Head, User Services and Experience at the Northern Arizona University Cline Library.  Andrew is a published author and national/regional presenter on such topics as Organizational and Operational Effectiveness, User Experience, and Data Driven decision making.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS?

Intercollegiate Partnerships — As technology, service, and operational demands increase while allocated budget lines remain flat, it will become increasingly important for academic libraries to reach out and identify campus partners to collaborate with in providing services, funding, and infrastructure in an effort to deliver a sustainable learning environment for students, faculty and staff.  By abandoning institutional silos and acting as a conduit for campus services, libraries are uniquely prepared to lay the foundation for cross institutional units by embedding “non-library” services in their buildings.  From partnerships with campus IT and Classroom support to student success services such as writing and tutoring centers, as well as faculty support and development (even campus dining), libraries are becoming aggregators of campus services.  This, in turn frees strained budget lines and allows libraries to focus on library centric expenditures such as collections and resource management.

Library as a place — Though access to information and research has inarguably moved almost entirely online, the need for a physical space for students to learn, focus, interact, collaborate, and even relax continues to drive demand for the library as a physical space.  Social learning plays an important role in this regard as students use academic libraries for individual, collaborative group, and silent social study.  The library is a place for them to conduct focused research, develop explorative collaborations, and learn through experience.  In every case, libraries will continue to provide a dedicated space for students to find solace from crowded dormitories, apartments, and daily distractions.  As social centers on college campuses, libraries also provide an intermediate space for students in between classes, during lunch and dinner hours, and evenings and overnight hours. 

Affordability — As the cost for higher education continues to rise, many students will undoubtably face financial demands that surpass their level of affordability.  Textbook costs continue to grow exponentially and pose barriers to student success, often forcing students to decide between purchasing course related texts and buying food.  Libraries are uniquely equipped to act as a facilitator and educator in promoting open educational resources to faculty.  Though not a new paradigm to be certain, the economy and skyrocketing costs of obtaining a post-secondary degree might very well be the catalyst in finally onboarding faculty and administrators to the benefits of using open sourced texts for their required course texts.

Personalized Services — Digital natives have spent the better part of their lives in an online environment where information channels, online marketing, and virtual storefronts are all personally tailored to their information seeking, browsing, and buying practices.  As libraries pursue a stronger connection with future students, it is imperative that services, communication channels, and information resources become as personalizable as possible.  Strategies might include “smart” technology which leverage algorithms to streamline end-user choices for such services as room bookings and equipment rentals and even potentially post-authenticated faceted collection searches (i.e. recommendations for articles, books, and other resources).

User Experience — Though UX design is certainly not a new concept for libraries in terms of service design, the focus on the end-user experience throughout the user journey through library systems and services will continue to play a critical role in meeting the needs of users and supporting student success.  Perhaps starting as more of a grassroots movement among librarians, libraries should expect to see UX design principles and their implications in libraries permeate up to library administrations.  Administrators, seeing the value of UX-based design can leverage data generated through UX testing to conduct higher level and better informed strategic planning.

Barbara Tierney

Barbara Tierney

Head, Research and Information Services Dept.
University of Central Florida Libraries
UCF Libraries, P.O. Box 162666
Orlando, FL  32816-2666
Phone:  (407) 823-5464  •  Fax:  (407) 823-5865
http://works.bepress.com/barbara-tierney/

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Employed by University of Central Florida, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Michigan, Bowling Green (Ohio) State University, Kansas State University, Northwestern University, San Leandro (Calif.) Public Library, Monroe County (Mich.) Library System.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  Traveling the world.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Barbara was an Invited Speaker at the 2016 Japan Association of National University Libraries JANUL Symposium at the University of Tokyo where she presented “The Learning Commons Service Model in North America” on January 29, 2016.  Barbara also was a Plenary Speaker at the 2012 Canadian Learning Commons Conference where she presented “Re-Learning the Commons: From Conceptual Overview to Case Study” (by D. Beagle and B. Tierney).

Barbara’s publications include “Transforming Library Service Through Information Commons” (by D.R. Bailey and B.Tierney, ALA Eds., 2008) and “The Information Commons Handbook” (by D. Beagle, with B. Tierney and D.R. Bailey, Neal-Schuman Pub., 2006).

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  Interdisciplinary teams of University of Central Florida Engaged Subject Librarians partnering with graduate and undergraduate academic programs to support student and faculty success at the University of Central Florida via an array of innovative modalities.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  There will be major effects on higher education and libraries due to adverse financial conditions and student enrollment diminishment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Libraries will be forced to cut back on resources and services offered.

COMPANY PROFILES ENCOURAGED

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Trørødlund 14
Vedbæk, Denmark
Virtual organization
Phone: +45 53510603
www.doaj.org

AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS:  Infrastructure Services for Open Access

OFFICERS:  The DOAJ management as of June 2020:  Lars Bjørnshauge, Managing Director.  Dominic Mitchell, Operations Manager.  Tom Olijhoek, Editor-in-chief.  Judith Barnsby, Senior Managing Editor.  Clara Armengou, Project and Communications Manager.

KEY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:  Database of peer-reviewed fully Open Access journals and metadata of articles in the journals.

CORE MARKETS/CLIENTELE:  Researchers, Publishers, Universities, Academic Libraries, Research Funders and Discovery Service Providers.

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 16 on the payroll, 18 ambassadors and 90 volunteer editors and associate editors.

HISTORY AND BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR COMPANY/PUBLISHING PROGRAM:  DOAJ was launched May 2003 with 300 journals as a response to an emerging need for a list of peer- reviewed Open Access journals.  Since then DOAJ has developed into the authoritative go to point for quality open access journals, listing nearly 15,000 journals published in more than 130 countries in more than 50 languages.  DOAJ evaluates journals based on applications from publishers (currently 8,000+/year), rejection rate ~55%.  Criteria for being listed have developed significantly since the launch.  In 2014 DOAJ published new criteria, prompting a reapplication process for the 10,000 journals listed by then.  As a result of this process 4,000 journals were delisted due to lack of reapplication.

DOAJ aggregates article level metadata provided by the journals listed.  Currently more than 5 million records are available for harvesting.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU THINK WOULD BE OF INTEREST TO OUR READERS?  All services provided by DOAJ are free of charge, including the evaluation of the journals.  All data and metadata are free to harvest.  We take the principles of indepence and transparency very seriously.  As an example, every staff person and even volunteers are required to provide a COI (Conflict of Interest) statement, updated every year and published on our website.  It’s one of the many ways that we can remain independent of any special interests.

LIBRARY PROFILES ENCOURAGED

Hofheimer Library

5817 Wesleyan Drive
Virginia Beach, VA  23455
Phone:  (757) 455-3224
https://www.vwu.edu/library/

BACKGROUND/HISTORY:  Opened in 1969 as one of the first campus buildings, Hofheimer Library originally housed the Office of the President and other campus departments.  Group study rooms, classrooms, an art gallery, and a 24/7 study were added during the 2009 renovation.

NUMBER OF STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Five librarians who collaboratively develop the collection and provide information literacy instruction.  Each librarian coordinates an area such as access services, user engagement, technical services and online learning engagement.  One librarian manages the large student staff and another trains them.

OVERALL LIBRARY BUDGET:  $210,000

TYPES OF MATERIALS YOU BUY (EBOOKS, TEXTBOOKS, DVDS, VIDEO STREAMING SERVICES, DATABASES, OTHER):  eBooks and DVDs, we subscribe to approximately 80 databases and video streaming services.

WHAT TECHNOLOGIES DOES YOUR LIBRARY USE TO SERVE MOBILE USERS?  LibGuides, EZproxy.

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE AN ILS OR ARE YOU PART OF A COLLABORATIVE ILS?  We use WMS.

DO YOU HAVE A DISCOVERY SYSTEM?  Worldcat Discovery.

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE A COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT OR SIMILAR DEPARTMENT?  All librarians liaise to schools and develop the collection in their respective subject areas.

IF SO, WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET AND WHAT TYPES OF MATERIALS ARE YOU PURCHASING?  PRINT OR ELECTRONIC OR BOTH?  The library spends approximately $50,000 on books, with eBooks being a preferred format to support online programs.  The library spends approximately $5000 on DVDs and a streaming video subscription.

WHAT PROPORTION OF YOUR MATERIALS ARE LEASED AND NOT OWNED?  Unknown.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR LIBRARY WILL BE LIKE IN FIVE YEARS?  The library will continue to increase online resources to support the growing online curriculum.  The library will continue to provide a welcoming space for on campus students.

WHAT EXCITES OR FRIGHTENS YOU ABOUT THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?  I worry that the services we provide will be compromised if budget reductions and lean staffing continues.  I am interested to see how higher education adapts to the “enrollment cliff” and in response to the pandemic.  I will work to ensure that libraries stay relevant.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU THINK OUR READERS SHOULD KNOW?  Students love Hofheimer Library!  The library is an inclusive environment where students feel supported.

NC State University Libraries

D.H. Hill Jr. Library
2 Broughton Drive
Campus Box 7111
Raleigh, NC  27695-7111
Phone:  (919) 515-3364
https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/

The NC State University Libraries is the gateway to knowledge for North Carolina State University and its partners.  As the cornerstone of a great research university, the Libraries supports the innovation that is the economic engine of growth for the state.  The NC State University Libraries serves as a competitive advantage for its community with innovative learning spaces, user-driven collections, leading-edge technologies, and creative, committed staff.

The Experiential Library: A Platform for Research, Teaching, and Learning – https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/strategic-priorities

Northern Arizona University
Cline Library

1001 S Knoles Drive
Flagstaff, AZ  86011
Phone:  (928) 523-6802
nau.edu/library

BACKGROUND/HISTORY:  Cline Library is an organization that exemplifies outstanding, innovative, and ardent support for the students and faculty at Northern Arizona University (NAU).  It is an organization that isn’t content with the status quo, and looks for creative strategies and favorable opportunities to implement changes to services in response to the shifting higher education environment. 

At its heart, Cline Library serves as a leading future-oriented organization focused on sustaining a culture of innovation and delivering exceptional learning spaces and experiences to NAU and regional communities.  Change, both transformational and incremental, is an inherent and increasing aspect of life in a 21st century academic library.  For more than 30 years, Cline Library engaged multiple models to serve online and distance students equitably to those located on the Flagstaff campus. 

Cline Library consistently correlates its services, resources, and programs with the institution’s strategic goals and objectives.  NAU recently completed a new strategic plan, and the goals remain focused on continuing efforts towards advancing student success and access, research and discovery, a commitment to Native Americans, engagement, and stewardship.  The library intentionally looks for ways to positively contribute to student recruitment and retention, academic success, student learning, program review for accreditation, and effective communication with all constituents.

NUMBER OF STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  62 total staff.

TYPES OF MATERIALS YOU BUY (EBOOKS, TEXTBOOKS, DVDS, VIDEO STREAMING SERVICES, DATABASES, OTHER):  Library collections and research content are integral to the learning environment at Northern Arizona University.  Cline Library focuses on materials in a myriad of formats (both electronic and print) to support academic curricula as well as student and faculty research interests. 

In terms of textbooks, equitable access is an essential consideration when licensing online resources.  The library supports efforts to promote and provide access to open scholarship and open educational resources in order to contribute to a more sustainable scholarly communication environment and promote affordability for students.

WHAT TECHNOLOGIES DOES YOUR LIBRARY USE TO SERVE MOBILE USERS?  Where possible, we leverage 3rd party vendors that provide mobile responsive interfaces for collections and services.  Our current discovery layer, ExLibris’ Primo is responsive as is our current WordPress website.  We have prominent status on the NAUgo mobile app well.  We heavily promote our text/chat service where users can connect with the library from their mobile devices.

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE AN ILS OR ARE YOU PART OF A COLLABORATIVE ILS?  Yes, we are an ExLibris library and license the Alma/Primo Library Services Platform.  Though not an official consortium, all three State University Libraries are ExLibris libraries and are looking forward to establishing an Alma/Primo fulfillment network in the future.

DO YOU HAVE A DISCOVERY SYSTEM?  ExLibris’ Primo

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE A COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT OR SIMILAR DEPARTMENT?  The Content Discovery and Delivery department handles our technical services and works collaboratively with a cross functional eResources working group.

IF SO, WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET AND WHAT TYPES OF MATERIALS ARE YOU PURCHASING?  PRINT OR ELECTRONIC OR BOTH?  Our state budget for collections is just over $2.1 million.  For journals, we vastly prefer electronic.  We subscribe to only a few print journals, and they are almost exclusively local and regional publications to support our Special Collections and Archives unit.  For books, we buy both print and electronic, but we prefer electronic for courses because they are accessible to all students regardless of location.  In some cases, we buy print because electronic isn’t available or the cost is prohibitive.  For media, we purchase both physical and digital.  Digital is preferred but may be unavailable or cost-prohibitive.

WHAT EXCITES OR FRIGHTENS YOU ABOUT THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?  The prospect of engaging students in new ways and building stronger interdepartmental partnerships leveraging the full strength of the institution as a whole.  As universities and colleges increasingly focus on student retention and success, the academic library has a unique opportunity to act as an aggregator of resources and services to the campus community.  Clearly, current trends in higher education point to lower enrollment overall and this is a cause for concern, but if we act on opportunity and develop strategic partnerships, libraries will truly be essential services on academic campuses and provide incredible support for campus communities.

University of Central Florida Libraries

UCF Libraries
P.O. Box 162666
Orlando, FL  32816-2666
Library Administration Phone:
(407) 823-2564
http://library.ucf.edu

BACKGROUND/HISTORY:  https://library.ucf.edu/21st/history/ 

In fall 1968, the first building on the UCF main campus, the library, opened to students, housing offices, classrooms, and even the university bookstore as well as the library.  In 1984, the building doubled in size to accommodate the expected future growth of the enrollment of 15,000.

The current 21st Century Library has been designed and planned to support more than the explosive growth in enrollment since that time.  New learning and discovery technologies, collaborative and individual research and study, collections in a variety of formats with the breadth and depth to support new and expanding programs will be available to students and faculty in a welcoming, engaging and inspiring environment.  In Fall 2020, Phase 1A of the renovated building will open to the public.

NUMBER OF STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  44 FTE librarians; 59 FTE staff

OVERALL LIBRARY BUDGET:  $14.6 million

TYPES OF MATERIALS YOU BUY (EBOOKS, TEXTBOOKS, DVDS, VIDEO STREAMING SERVICES, DATABASES, OTHER):  eBooks, textbooks, DVDs, video streaming services, databases

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE AN ILS OR ARE YOU PART OF A COLLABORATIVE ILS?  ALEPH INTEGRATED LIBRARY SYSTEM administered by the Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative.

DO YOU HAVE A DISCOVERY SYSTEM?  EBSCO Discovery Service

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE A COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT OR SIMILAR DEPARTMENT?  Yes.

IF SO, WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET AND WHAT TYPES OF MATERIALS ARE YOU PURCHASING?  PRINT OR ELECTRONIC OR BOTH?  $7,263,607 Material Budget to purchase both print and electronic resources.

WHAT PROPORTION OF YOUR MATERIALS ARE LEASED AND NOT OWNED?  Not known.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR LIBRARY WILL BE LIKE IN FIVE YEARS?  UCF Libraries just completed Phase 1A of its 21st Century Library project:  https://library.ucf.edu/21st/.

Phase 1 included construction of the Automated Retrieval Center (ARC), which has a capacity of 1.25 million volumes, and quickly supplies students with requested titles.  It is the first of its kind in Florida.  Phase 1 also marked the completion of the 5th floor Quiet Study Zone, an area focused on the research, study, writing and coursework of individuals.

Phase1A is the construction of the “Connector” building, which connects the ARC to the existing library building.  The Connector includes a new entrance to the library, near the Student Union, new library instruction classrooms, a multipurpose room, and additional space for students.

Future phases of the 21st Century Library project will include space for graduate students, a digital commons, and a complete renovation of the existing library buildings.

University of Minnesota Libraries

309 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
Phone:  (612) 624-3321
https://www.lib.umn.edu/

NUMBER OF STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  283

OVERALL LIBRARY BUDGET:  $43 million

TYPES OF MATERIALS YOU BUY (EBOOKS, TEXTBOOKS, DVDS, VIDEO STREAMING SERVICES, DATABASES, OTHER):  All of the above, and including audio media, data sets, etc.

WHAT TECHNOLOGIES DOES YOUR LIBRARY USE TO SERVE MOBILE USERS?  Website with responsive design.

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE AN ILS OR ARE YOU PART OF A COLLABORATIVE ILS?  Alma ILS

DO YOU HAVE A DISCOVERY SYSTEM?  Primo

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE A COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT OR SIMILAR DEPARTMENT?  Content & Collections Division, content selectors in Research & Learning and Health Science Libraries divisions.

IF SO, WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET AND WHAT TYPES OF MATERIALS ARE YOU PURCHASING?  PRINT OR ELECTRONIC OR BOTH?  $17.7 million;  84% digital, 16% print.

UTC Library

600 Douglas Street, Dept. 6456
Chattanooga, TN  37403
Phone:  (423) 425-4501
utc.edu/library

BACKGROUND/HISTORY:  An all-new facility opened in December 2014.

NUMBER OF STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  41.5 FTE staff and faculty.

OVERALL LIBRARY BUDGET:  $4.7 million

TYPES OF MATERIALS YOU BUY (EBOOKS, TEXTBOOKS, DVDS, VIDEO STREAMING SERVICES, DATABASES, OTHER):  Print books and periodicals, eBooks, databases, DVD, streaming video, and a plethora of circulating technology, devices, and peripherals.

WHAT TECHNOLOGIES DOES YOUR LIBRARY USE TO SERVE MOBILE USERS?  Google Voice for texting capability specifically;  most other content management systems and web tools we use are responsive to mobile users. 

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE AN ILS OR ARE YOU PART OF A COLLABORATIVE ILS?  Ex Libris Alma

DO YOU HAVE A DISCOVERY SYSTEM?  Ex Libris Primo

DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE A COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT OR SIMILAR DEPARTMENT?  The Collection Services unit oversees all non-tech acquisitions with feedback from the University community, the Library’s electronic resources committee, and Library liaisons to academic departments.

IF SO, WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET AND WHAT TYPES OF MATERIALS ARE YOU PURCHASING?  PRINT OR ELECTRONIC OR BOTH?  Approximately $2 million for print and electronic materials.

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ATG Job Bank – Librarians – July 27, 2021

NORTHEAST Systems & Technology Manager, Lafayette College, Easton, PA Cataloger-Published Material, Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Cambridge, MA Data & GIS Librarian - Union College – Schenectady, NY Research and Instruction Librarian, Bryant University,...

ATG Job Bank – Librarians – July 27, 2021

NORTHEAST Systems & Technology Manager, Lafayette College, Easton, PA Cataloger-Published Material, Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Cambridge, MA Data & GIS Librarian - Union College – Schenectady, NY Research and Instruction Librarian, Bryant University,...

ATG Quirkies: Sold: Sylvia Plath’s Rolling Pin and Recipes

Sold: Sylvia Plath’s Rolling Pin and Recipes is by Rebecca Rego Barry, author of "Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places." Her post appears in Gastro Obscura Browned and splattered, a set of recipe cards owned by the Pulitzer...

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